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November 15, 2021

Lk 18: 35-43

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Asking Jesus for what we need

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the blind beggar what he needs. The beggar asks for sight. In today’s very noisy world, we often need help, insight, into knowing our real needs.

St. Ignatius urges us to converse with Jesus, as our friend, speaking with our hearts open and soft. These heartfelt colloquies help us to recognize our real needs and desires. Heartfelt prayer, as a loving dialogue, also requires us to listen in silence. Silent listening allows our hearts, and our minds, to recognize whisperings of the Holy Spirit. These divine whisperings help us acknowledge both our authentic needs, and God’s will for our lives. Aligning our wills with God’s will, we are enabled to follow Jesus more closely as our friend.

Today, take some time to imagine Jesus standing in front of you saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” What would you ask for?

 —Russ Long is a parishioner and participant in the After the Spiritual Exercises program at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

 

Prayer

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost.
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will. Amen

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


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November 15, 2021

Lk 18: 35-43

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Asking Jesus for what we need

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the blind beggar what he needs. The beggar asks for sight. In today’s very noisy world, we often need help, insight, into knowing our real needs.

St. Ignatius urges us to converse with Jesus, as our friend, speaking with our hearts open and soft. These heartfelt colloquies help us to recognize our real needs and desires. Heartfelt prayer, as a loving dialogue, also requires us to listen in silence. Silent listening allows our hearts, and our minds, to recognize whisperings of the Holy Spirit. These divine whisperings help us acknowledge both our authentic needs, and God’s will for our lives. Aligning our wills with God’s will, we are enabled to follow Jesus more closely as our friend.

Today, take some time to imagine Jesus standing in front of you saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” What would you ask for?

 —Russ Long is a parishioner and participant in the After the Spiritual Exercises program at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

 

Prayer

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost.
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will. Amen

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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